Admissions & Enrollment

YES Prep Public Schools is a public charter school system in Houston, TX that helps graduates earn college degrees at four times the rate of their peers. YES Prep is open and tuition-free to all children with no special requirements for admittance, providing transportation, special education, English language learning and all public school services. Although YES Prep does not have any admission exams or interviews to admit students, we use a random, automated lottery for schools when there are more students interested in attending than available classroom space.

As the highest performing public school system in Houston, all of YES Prep’s eligible schools are ranked in the top 10 percent in Texas and nationally by U.S. News and World Report. While many students enter YES Prep Public Schools performing below grade level, YES Prep educators have, for more than 20 years, increased the number of students from underserved communities who graduate from college prepared to lead.


How to Enter Lottery

The 2020-2021 lottery for YES Prep schools opens November 1, 2019 and closes February 10, 2020. To enter the lottery, go to

Create an account and register for the YES Prep Public Schools lottery online. Parents or legal guardians can complete the online form on their own, or by visiting a YES Prep campus to use a campus-based computer if needed. 

Click here for a complete list of our schools.

The lottery occurs on February 20, 2020 and families can check their student's status online on February 28, 2020. 

  • If your child is not selected in the lottery, they will be placed on a waitlist. If and when seats become available at a campus where you registered for the lottery, the campus will notify families of available seats in the order of the waitlist . 
  • If your child is selected to a YES Prep campus, and you would like to transfer them to a different YES Prep campus, contact the campus where you were admitted. Transfer approval is based on seat availability at the campus you are hoping to move your child to.
  • If you miss the deadline to participate in the lottery, feel free to enter the lottery. You will be automatically placed on our waitlist and be contacted if a seat becomes available.

Read our full admissions policy here.

Southside elementary coming August 2021